Taking the plunge


I’ve had this blog in this same location for about five or six years now. In that time, I’ve had three websites as well. One is still alive (well on life support) at freewebs.com/patscomputersolutions. The second was an Office Live website at http://www.patscomputersolutions.com. The third was/is my personal home server at some link (nope, I won’t give that one out).

This past few months, Office Live has been sending me emails about cancelling their “free” Office Live system. So, in place of that, they’re allowing us to migrate over to the Office 365 system—”free” for six months.  Sorry, I’m not interested. If I’m going to pay money for hosting, then I want more control over what I have. I want to be able to install WordPress or whatever blogging application I want. And I want control over who/what advertisers are on my site.

With that, I moved my site over to hostgator this evening. This is a two-fold win-win for me. First, I got reasonable rates with a 20% off discount. And second, I’m getting help in getting the site up and running (through http://www.pcmech.com). So, what does this have to do with this post?

I’m moving the blog over there too.

I’m not entirely sure if it will be http://blog.patscomputerservices.com or http://patscomputerservices.com/blog yet. But when I know, so will you. For a while, I plan on posting in both places (here and there).  Eventually though, I will be migrating over to the site completely.  It’s NOT that I don’t like Blogger/blogspot. Purely it’s a case of more plugins and more blog writing applications are designed to work with WordPress. And Blogger’s API doesn’t support as many features as the WordPress API does (like categories and other labels).  If I were on Windows, or Mac OS X, this wouldn’t be as much of a problem. I’d have Windows Live Writer and other professional blogging tools at my disposal. However, being that I’m on Linux, I’m limited (ONLY in the numbers and the API’s that are supported—not in the quality of applcations).

So, I’m asking you to join me over at the new site when I have it up and running. I’m planning on moving some of my old information from my other site(s), and coming up with lots of new information.  I’ll have sections for most of the major computer issues (security, Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Social Networking, etc) and whatever else you want me to discuss. And I’ll have a place for my own software projects (such as the updater for an IPv6 tunnel and my work on the Pinnacle PCTV 80e TV Tuner on Linux). Please leave me comments on what you want to see, and join me on the new site. It’s going to be a rebirth in more ways than one.

Have a great day:)
Patrick.

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